“Proud Canadian” funds show to counter election-based negativity

8858_HNH_David Newland_Poster_11x17_WEBA supporter of Hospice North Hastings’ Caring through Culture initiative has stepped-forward to fund Saturday night’s production of The Northwest Passage, in Story and Song, at the Bancroft Village Playhouse.

Heather Brough is the coordinator of Hospice North Hastings, and she also manages the Village Playhouse; the theatre operated as a revenue stream for the rural Hospice. Brough was deeply moved by the gesture.

“I got a call from one of our supporters who was feeling so fed-up with the election and all the negativity,” Brough says. “He was upset with all the fighting and thought if we could just care enough to listen, and to care enough to stop fighting, that we might just be able to save this great Country of ours.”

Brough says she suggested that he should get some tickets for Saturday night’s show as it was all about being Canadian.

“He immediately said he would cover the cost of the entire show,” Brough said. “I was speechless.”

Hospice North Hastings operates the Village Playhouse in Bancroft to raise dollars for their 100 per cent community-funded Hospice. They also run a party rental business and Vintage on Hastings, a store on Hastings Street North. Using the Hospice philosophy of living every day to the fullest, Hospice books shows at the Playhouse that fit with the theme of Caring through Culture.

“When people care about culture, they care about community,” Brough explains. “In our case, the care they have for culture actually turns into care for our community when people buy tickets to shows, films, lectures and other special events. We really think David Newland’s show fits this idea so well.”

The Northwest Passage in Story and Song is a musical and spoken-word performance inspired by the sights and sounds of the Canadian Arctic, its history and its contemporary realities. Touching on the history of Arctic exploration, including the story of Franklin’s lost expedition, the performance goes on to introduce Inuit ideas of territory, community, and creative culture. Combining photography, storytelling, and live original songs, this performance conveys the emotional and spiritual impact of Arctic travel.

The donor, who is paying for the tickets, hopes that David Newland’s show will inspire people to think about how big our Country is, and how we all need to work understand each other to build a strong future.

Free tickets can be collected at Posie’s, Harvest Moon, Hospice House and Vintage on Hastings.